An illustrated letter about old saloons and 80s tribute bands, plus an art lesson
I have been trying to look up the Caran d'ache pencils you referenced. I can locate Dark Flesh 50% & Burnt Sienna 50%. I thought you said Burnt Umber for the 3rd one but did you actually say Burnt Ochre 🤔? Are the other pencils you reference also this brand? I don't see a gunmetal gray, blue gray, or silver gray...? 🙏
Your blog / newsletter is one of my favorite. In fact, for my newsletter which goes out this week, I'm talking about newsletters that I read and I will absolutely be sharing a note about yours. Insightful and beautiful. Thank you.
Ok, no tunnels there... but when I lived in CT, we had real tunnels and basements that helped move and hide southern enslaved escapees via a parts of what were called the Underground Railroad. A neighbor lived in a very old home in tiny Hebron, CT [incorporated in 1706] and their basement was, according to local historical lore, used to hide runaway slaves making their way eventually to Canada or further north into Maine, NH and VT. CT was "almost" a safe haven, but the slave hunters sometimes made the rounds and there were often corrupt, or shall we call them "overly law abiding"officials and persons willing to turn in humans for payment, those who had escaped slavery in the south and wanted safety and freedom. The Underground Railroad had byways all through New England, providing protected passage to escapees. Some of the formerly enslaved people took their chances amongst New Englanders who were mostly anti-slavery, but some were fearful, and with good reason. Bribes and payments were available for those locals willing to turn in slave locations.
Wow supercool illustration and story💜 thanks Amy waiting for more to come :)
Loved the illustrated letter! Please keep those coming!